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Start of Production in Low-Volume Manufacturing Industries: Disturbances and Solutions
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för innovation, design och teknik, Innovation och produktrealisering. (IPR)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-5364-8842
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för innovation, design och teknik, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-5963-2470
2015 (engelsk)Inngår i: Advances in Production Management Systems: Innovative Production Management Towards Sustainable Growth, 2015, Vol. 459, s. 475-483Konferansepaper, Publicerat paper (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Reducing disturbances during start of production of new products is of high importance to assure that products reach the market on-time with the intended quality and volume. Therefore, identification and elimination of sources of such disturbances is necessary. Since the literature about such disturbances in low-volume manufacturing industries are limited, this paper is aimed to identify the common sources of such disturbances and the possible solutions to mitigate them in low-volume manufacturing industries. A multiple-case study has been conducted to achieve this aim. The results show that main sources of disturbances are lack of opportunities to test and refine products, considering the production system “as is” and putting extensive focus on product functionality rather than its manufacturability. Moreover, using the knowledge and experiences from production of previous similar products is identified as a source of learning and compensation for lack of opportunities for test and refinement.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2015. Vol. 459, s. 475-483
Serie
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238 ; 459
Emneord [en]
product introduction, low-volume, industrialization, production start-up
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
innovation och design
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27846DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22756-6_58ISI: 000380380800058Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84950143078ISBN: 978-3-319-22755-9 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-27846DiVA, id: diva2:806037
Konferanse
IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2015; Tokyo; Japan; 7 September 2015 through 9 September 2015; Code 129439n Management Systems, September 7-9, 2015 - Tokyo, Japan
Forskningsfinansiär
Knowledge FoundationTilgjengelig fra: 2015-04-17 Laget: 2015-04-17 Sist oppdatert: 2019-01-17bibliografisk kontrollert
Inngår i avhandling
1. Towards tailoring the product introduction process for low-volume manufacturing industries
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Towards tailoring the product introduction process for low-volume manufacturing industries
2015 (engelsk)Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

As the closing phase of product development projects, the product introduction process significantly influences the time to market and product quality. The rapid launching of new products to market aids manufacturing companies in avoiding crucial consequences, such as a loss of market share and revenue and the early obsolescence of products in a globalized market. Therefore, the characteristics and influential factors of the product introduction process must be identified to facilitate the management of new product development projects and to maintain competitiveness for manufacturing companies.

The management and support of product introduction processes in low-volume manufacturing industries require solutions that are tailored to the characteristics and requirements of these industries. However, studies on the characteristics of low-volume manufacturing industries and their influence on the product introduction process are limited. Therefore, the objective of the research presented in this thesis is to develop knowledge about product introduction process and its facilitators in low-volume manufacturing industries by focusing on characteristics of products and production systems in these industries. To fulfil this objective, the characteristics of low-volume manufacturing industries and their influence on the product introduction process were investigated via literature reviews and a multiple-case study. In addition, the facilitators of the product introduction process in low-volume manufacturing industries were examined. A case study was performed, comprising two longitudinal real-time cases and two retrospective cases, all within one Swedish company.

The characteristics of low-volume products and production systems are studied in this research. The identified influences of these characteristics on the product introduction process include few engineering prototypes, limited and uncertain numbers of pre-series productions and the infeasibility of conventional production ramp-up. Other identified influences include the modification of existing products instead of the development of entirely new products, the use of existing production systems with slight modifications for new products, a high frequency of introducing new products, and an extensive focus on the functionality of products instead of their manufacturability.

Finally, the utilization of knowledge and experiences from the development and production of prior similar products was identified as a potential facilitator of the product introduction process in low-volume manufacturing industries. A process was suggested to support the product introduction process in low-volume manufacturing industries in gathering, sharing and using knowledge and experiences from the production of prior similar products. This process can compensate for the lack of opportunities to test and refine products and production systems during the product introduction process in low-volume manufacturing industries. 

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2015
Serie
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 201
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
innovation och design
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27847 (URN)978-91-7485-205-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-05-29, Filen, Mälardalens högskola, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (engelsk)
Opponent
Veileder
Forskningsfinansiär
Knowledge Foundation
Tilgjengelig fra: 2015-04-17 Laget: 2015-04-17 Sist oppdatert: 2015-05-08bibliografisk kontrollert

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